SAT APRIL 27
1:15-3:15 Pm workshop | LH2
Session II: The Science of Human-Canine Teams
Performance and Working Dogs
Meghan Ramos, VMD
Penn Vet Working Dog Center
veterinarian, research fellow
Wet Lab / Workshop: Introduction to Canine Fitness
In this laboratory, students will learn the importance of canine fitness. We will focus on all aspects including warm up and cool down, body awareness, strengthening and conditioning exercises, and mental stamina. Just as people benefit from regular exercise to maintain health and fitness, dogs should also get regular, focused exercise to protect against injury and maintain health and mobility.
Dr. Ramos is a veterinarian and research fellow at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (PVWDC). After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018, she began her Master’s Degree in Translational Medicine through the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Masters in Translational Research program. Following her masters program, Dr. Ramos will be pursuing a residency in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Ramos began her career in the working dog world with the PVWDC in 2012, after which she piloted several odor detection research studies and was an integral part in the training and protocol development of the PVWDC medical detection program. Since graduating veterinary school, Dr. Ramos practices at the PVWDC in both the day-day medical care and the sports medicine and rehabilitation service. She is well versed in training of odor work, agility, obedience, and apprehension. Dr. Ramos has fostered and trained PVWDC graduate, Mizu, who is now a narcotics detection canine officer.
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